Taking the plunge: Windows Server 2003 into 2012

Depending on your situation, this post provides some information worth considering when planning to upgrade from Windows Server 2003 to 2012.

At the time of writing, 14 July 2015 was Microsoft’s extended date for Windows Server 2003 End of Support. This deadline provides those who have not taken any action to-date an opportunity to prepare.

End of support

When that day arrives businesses could run as normal without any server problems, however, there will be less, if any, updates to improve performance, remove software bugs and reduce security risks. Over time, having fewer updates will most likely impact performance, maintenance and security of legacy systems.

Business perspective

From a business perspective, the extended date provides an opportunity to learn and implement new technology solutions to help: document knowledge, make informed decisions, automate processes and provide online services.

The value of these solutions could be realised if they help meet future demands of management, staff and clients for information and services.

Used effectively, today’s technology can present knowledge and services in a number of ways to help clients understand and benefit from the information more easily. Especially, with the variety of online media to choose from.

On the other hand, planning, managing, and budgeting for such technology could take time and resources away from other areas of the practice.

Even so, there is logic in preparing and investing to maximise the potential for success and minimise disruptions or failure.

Technical perspective

From a technical point of view, an upgrade could overcome legacy limitations and take advantage of technology advancements developed over the twelve years since the software was released.

Since 2003, new software, new devices, big data, cloud computing, virtualisation and other technological innovations are becoming more popular in the business sector.

For some, moving from a familiar Windows Server 2003 environment to a new technology infrastructure might be an exciting challenge but for others its a stumbling block.

So, understanding the benefits of the current system and having experience with new technology could facilitate an appropriate solution when both seem worlds apart.

The solution

Generally speaking, no two practices are the same and, as a result, each could require a personalised solution to benefit from their unique situation.

Depending on your situation, auditing your current technology infrastructure could provide insight into the strengths and weaknesses of your systems.

The audit could then be used to make informed decisions to build on strengths and address weaknesses in line with the long term needs of your practice.

In addition, the information could be used to help seek and discern astute technological solutions most likely to meet the needs of your practice and maximise the return on your investment.

Now its your turn

Leave a reply below: Have you started upgrading your legacy system? If you haven’t what is stopping you? If you have or have finished upgrading what worked for you and what would you do differently?

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